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Modest, yet poetic and close to the hearts of any Vietnamese, bamboo is the central inspiration behind Vietnamese Bamboo Circus, one of a kind Vietnamese performing art that has shaken hundreds of crowds at over 200 performances in 11 countries around the globe, now proudly presented at the Sydney Opera House, one of the world’s most prestigious theaters.

From 12th to 15th of June 2019, À Ố Show, one of the most well known Vietnamese Bamboo Circus shows, will wow Australia at the Sydney Opera House through 6 sessions that promise to leave its audience in awe. For the first time, a Vietnamese art show will be introduced at the iconic theatre, stories about the cultures of different regions in Vietnam will be told, and hearts will be touched.

Unlike the traditional circus, in Vietnamese Bamboo Circus shows, vivid pieces of the Vietnamese culture are woven together masterfully by a crew of theater geniuses. Without the need for any spoken narrative, each story is told over impressive movements of acrobats, the skillful and creative use of bamboo for main tools and props. Vietnamese Bamboo Circus has become the one of a kind performing art that embodies its motherland’s culture.

Not merely reconstructing cultural activities and the everyday life in rural Vietnam, Vietnamese Bamboo Circus, through the craft of lighting, sound effects and the mise en scène, is able to also convey the spirit of folk culture and the historical characteristics of the nation. Vietnamese Bamboo Circus reach a whole new level in À Ố Show surpassing the strictest critics to perform at one of the world’s most reputable theaters.

To bring À Ố Show to life, a team of creators and performers are steeled with years of training and expertise, bringing together this blend of genres, consisting of unique acrobatic moves: juggling bamboo poles, balancing on bamboo towels, swinging in the air and somersaulting with rattan-woven boats. Just when one assumes the show’s creativity has reached its peak, the countryside village setting seamlessly transforms into an urban sprawl by juxtaposing a rhythmic rice-picking factory line with high-rise apartments and bustling traffic. Each movement works hand-in-hand, combined with the powerful force of live musicians on stage, making Vietnamese Bamboo Circus’ À Ố Show a never-before-seen, or felt, art experience.

Behind the success of an À Ố Show is the harmony in connected efforts. Each element within the multidisciplinary performance is of equal importance. The stage direction, the choreography, the bamboo movements, the overall visual art and the melody are meticulously calculated that even just a change in one factor can influence the entire act.

Among all factors, music defines the personality of the show. Although the panoply of over 20 instruments is entirely folk-based from different regions of Vietnam, as ethnic music is central to the overall theme, the contemporary essence of the show shines through when sewed with new rhythms and paired with modern choreography.

“We, the creators of Vietnamese Bamboo Circus shows, can’t be more proud that À Ố Show meets all the critical criteria of the theatre’s art committee. Being chosen to perform at Sydney Opera House is a significant movement for Vietnamese Bamboo Circus and a breathtaking lifetime experience for all of us. Beyond entertainment, Vietnamese Bamboo Circus is set on a mission to touch the hearts of Vietnamese people living far from their homeland and inspires international audiences with the essence of Vietnam’s cultural richness and beauty.” said Tuan Le, the show’s director.

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A O ShowA O Show

A O Show

A vivid portrait of Vietnam in urbanization time, painted with unique stage visuals and a touch of humor.

The name ‘A O’ derives from ‘Lang Pho’, which means ‘village and city’. The show depicts the charming beauty and cultural richness of Vietnamese life in the countryside, in contrast with the nation’s racing urbanization. The show is a unique mix of bamboo circus, acrobatic acts, dance, and theatrical visual art. The live music echoes Vietnamese Southern work songs. All in all, this beautiful blend of genres creates a unique stage language, which well captures the essence of Vietnam’s fascinating culture.

Teh Dar

Embodiment of vigorous Vietnamese tribes culture thru cirque, dance, music from tribal instruments.

Teh Dar invites audience on a venture into the enchanting world of Vietnamese highlanders. Wild animal hunts, moonlit romance, jungle's tales of death and reincarnation, are all recreated with stunning Vietnamese Bamboo Circus, daring acrobatics, and hypnotizing melody from exotic tribal instruments certified cultural heritage by UNESCO. Meaning ‘going in circle’ in the highland tribe K'ho's tongue, Teh Dar embrace and preserve beautiful and diverse Vietnamese tribal cultures. As the artists keep inspiring, the circle of tribal life keeps going, the cultures shall remain.

Teh DarTeh Dar
Lang Toi - My VillageLang Toi - My Village

Lang Toi - My Village

The poetic beauty of Vietnamese village life, recreated using iconic bamboo, breathtaking cirque and exotic live music.

Lang Toi (My Village) is a delicate merge of tradition and innovation, where poetic beauty of Northern Vietnam’s village life is presented under Vietnamese Bamboo Circus approach. Farming, building activities, traditional games, lifestyle of Northern villagers are recreated by ancestral bamboo props, breath-taking circus and acrobatics, rhythmic dance, to distinct folk music from more than 20 musical instruments.

The Mist

The essence of Southern farmers’ life expressed in sensual contemporary dance language.

The Mist tells a story Southern Vietnamese farming life, expressed through neo-classic and contemporary dance by skilled artists. Using rice cultivation as a metaphor to appreciate farmers’ dedication, from their misty dawn on the fields, their hardship and will power to rise up from humble muddy soil, to brace storms, to the moment they arrive joyously like shining pearls at harvest. The Mist is an hour of emotions, with myriad ups and downs, painted by sensational live music, splendid visuals, and colorful lighting effects.

The MistThe Mist
Palao - PHU SA SEPalao - PHU SA SE

Palao - PHU SA SE

This ‘living museum’ of Cham culture uses contemporary dance and indigenous music to share untold stories of a lost civilization and messages of humanity. A non-profit project by artists at Phu Sa SE, a Social Enterprise with visions to preserve native cultural heritage, sponsored by Lune Center Hoi An.

This ‘living museum’ of Cham culture uses contemporary dance and indigenous music to share untold stories of a lost civilization and messages of humanity. A non-profit project by artists at Phu Sa SE, a Social Enterprise with visions to preserve native cultural heritage, sponsored by Lune Center Hoi An.

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